Category Archives: People

Tate Britain + Rex Whistler Restaurant Jazz Lunch

The Riding on the Wall Tate Britain is the quieter relative of the extended family. Tate Modern has Herzog + de Meuron’s sexy ziggurat with its brilliant incidental installation (Watch Rich People In Their Apartments). Tate Britain has James Stirling’s … Continue reading

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The Hidden Ireland + Clonalis Roscommon

The Portrait of a Lady and Gentleman and Artists as Young Men Dia dhaoibh ar maidin. There really aren’t many left. A study of the 39 (what an odd number, why not 40?) country houses featured in the book Irish … Continue reading

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The Earls of Rosse + Birr Castle Parsonstown

Offaly Grand | King’s County It’s funny how many Irish terraced houses are painted jolly colours (their quoins often highlighted in even brighter hues) while country houses are usually grey. Even though Birr Castle is cheek by jowl with William … Continue reading

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Angela Jupe + Bellefield House Gardens Birr

Lavender’s Blue in Conversation with Ireland’s Leading Architect + Garden Designer “I’ve been at Bellefield House 12 years now. Everything was derelict except the house. When I arrived, you could only get 10 feet through the walled garden. Only the … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Ashford Castle Mayo

King Cong | More Mayo Please | Glory Days Aunt Margaret’s maxim was, “Never stay anywhere not as grand as your own home.” And she’d an Asprey account and Trüggelmann dressing room. Lavender’s Blue’s take is, “Life’s too short to … Continue reading

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Danson House + Danson Stables + Danson Park

Danson Abbey This Palladian style villa may have originated as a bolthole from London but there’s nothing provincial about it. While suburbia has crept round Danson Park over the last two and a half centuries, miraculously the house, stables and … Continue reading

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The Violet Hour + Eves

The violet hour. That time for reflection. Duality of role emerges as a theme. Lavender’s Blue have interviewed an hotelier + MD | a Chairman + social campaigner | a publisher + artist. Isn’t it about time to feature an … Continue reading

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William Laffan + Abbey Leix Book Launch

Holland Days Source Neither a Monday evening nor (apropos to an Irish shindig) drizzly weather could possibly dampen spirits. Not when it’s a party hosted by the dashing Sir David Davies and the lovely Lindy Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood last Marchioness of Dufferin … Continue reading

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City of London Guildhall Breakfast + Tall Buildings

Towers of London The collection of buildings that make up Guildhall could hardly be more eclectic. The Festival of Britain inspired Members’ Club by Sir Richard Gilbert Scott. The (rare) pseudo gothic Art Gallery also by Sir Richard. The medieval Great … Continue reading

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The Hilton Park Lane London + Galvin at Windows

Pie in the Sky | The Londond’ry Arms In the property industry, for every floor you go up, a premium is added. Room with a view with a price tag. Presumably there’s a surcharge in the hospitality industry for a … Continue reading

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